The Queen of Sheba has inspired many legends over time and one of the latest interpretations comes from iSoftBet’s gilded reels. Book of Sheba: The Golden Book plays out across 5 reels and 3 rows and winning combinations are made over 10 paylines.
Book of Sheba: The Golden Book is your standard ‘Book of’ game, which is all about the free spins rounds. Graphically, for all the gold hidden inside the reels and on them, the slot’s glittering design doesn’t come as a surprise. The game even unfolds in Sheba’s palace, which features golden pillars, pots of gold, and decorated arches. The Queen herself looks more like a Hollywood figure than an Ethiopian queen.
The symbols on the reels begin in value from the card royals and increase in worth with the mask and necklace, a lion, and the Queen herself. The book symbol is the wild and the scatter of the base game. It can substitute for all other symbols to help form lucrative combos just like the joker in the pack. It cannot replace the scatter however. A second book, the golden book in the name, appears a as a second wild during the free spins rounds. The second bonus game in this slot is Ultra Bets, which we shall address in detail below.
You can play this game from $0.10 to $10.00 per spin. If you’re lucky in the base game, you’ll land the usual low-paying 3 card icon combinations from time to time on 1 or 2 paylines. If you’re a bit more fortunate, two or more premium symbols may appear on a solitary payline. Book of Sheba can be pretty volatile. You’ll be frequently teased with two scatters and the promise of the third, which does not appear. You’ll just have to wait for the bonus rounds, while keeping an eye on the bankroll.
It is possible to land a reel full of the same symbol, which could give you some golden multipliers. Five 10s, Js or Qs across the reels will give you a multiplier of 10, while if one of them fills the entire grid, you get 100 times your bet. The corresponding multipliers for the necklace and mask are 75 and 750, while the lion gives you multipliers of 200, and 2,000 for 5 of a kind, and on all reels and rows of the grid respectively.
The Queen of Sheba is the game’s highest paying symbol and a full grid of her will get you 5,000 times your bet, which is the maximum jackpot in this game. The acknowledged theoretical return to player ratio of this slot ranges between 96% and 96.5%, according to how much the Ultra Bet feature plays out to your advantage.
This is where all the action lies and the big wins are hidden. The book symbol of the base game acts as a wild, but becomes the scatter when at least of them land anywhere on the reels. When this happens not only do you get payouts with multipliers of 2, 20, and 200, depending on how many scatter landed, you also a get the bonus round of 10 free spins.
A book is flipped open and reveals a special symbol. You can take it or reject it if you don’t find it valuable enough. You will get one more special symbol and this time you have to take it. Like the scatter, these symbols do not have to land on adjacent reels to give you payouts. But if this happens, the symbols will expand to fill their reels resulting in multi-line payouts.
And this is not all – the golden book of the slot’s name appears as a second wild during the free spins. It can only land on the center reels 2, 3, and 4, and when it does, the reel turns golden. If there is a winning combo, the golden will expand to cover the reels, which can result is some spectacular payouts. The golden book can also work as a scatter and give you some awesome re-triggers.
This is an optional feature, which you can buy by multiplying your bet by 50 times for 50 spins. During this feature, stars can appear superimposed on the regular symbols. These stars are collected within the game. At the end of the 50 spins, apart from the payouts from winning combinations in the round, you will receive a bonus of 5x to 1,000x of your stake, depending on the number of stars you collected, the minimum of which is 5.
iSoftBet has fully-optimized the game to be played while on the move. The game’s software supports mobile operating systems like Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Hence, the game can be played on any smartphone or tablet that runs on these platforms.
The game is programmed with HTML5, which creates a mobile interface which restructures the game’s platform to the small screen. You can enjoy the game in full HD clarity and sound integrity, especially if you play in landscape mode. Since you’ll be playing online, you will need a stable internet connection wherever you’re playing from.
This is just another ‘Book of’ game, which, if you’ve played one, you’ve pretty much played them all. Having said that, every individual game has differentiating features, and this is true of Book of Sheba as well. The 5,000 times your bet maximum payout of the game is not impossible to achieve. And the innovative Ultra Bet feature just might help you get there.